Exchange the hustle and bustle of city life for the farm-friendly atmosphere of the Cape Dairy Experience, taking place on Friday and Saturday November 2 and 3 at Sandringham (next to the N1, halfway between Cape Town and Paarl). Visitors will be able to experience the complete journey of milk and will get to meet the 2012 Absa Dairy Queen (SA’s best bred cow), cook with dairy, taste a variety of dairy-related products and enjoy the thrill of a real agricultural show where more than 500 world class animals brag about their breeding.
Dairy in the kitchen
Dairy forms an integral part of a healthy diet. Whether you’re extremely health conscious and choose the low fat options or whether you like to splurge with cream, dairy has an option that will suit your preference. During five hourly sessions in the Woolworths Dairy Pantry foodies and artisan producers will share the ins and outs of creating and cooking with a variety of dairy products: churn butter the old fashioned way, make yoghurt and cottage cheese, and learn from award-winning food blogger, Nina Timm and Puglia Cheese how to make and use authentic Italian mozzarella. Huguenot Chocolate, the boutique chocolaterie in Franschhoek, will seduce you with an interactive demo and tasting session, while well known RSG Huiskok, Errieda du Toit, and Cara Brink will cook up a storm using Simonsberg products.
Fabulous farm fun for the kids
A farm visit is usually high on a child’s list of fun things to do. Expose the little ones to the intricacies of a Youth Show where they will have the chance to lead a goat or cow around the show ring. Bring them to see experienced Youth Show participants compete in the Cape Holstein Youth Show Championships on the Friday at 4pm, after which they can try it for themselves on Saturday during two training sessions for beginners.
Ice cream enthusiasts are challenged to eat as much as they can during the ice cream eating competition at 12.30pm on Saturday. Enjoy the Dogsense dog jumping performances for the rest of the afternoon or milk mock cows, make roosterkoek and expose of extra energy on the various jumping castles in the MPO Kids Area.
Friday excursion for schools
Schools are welcome to attend the event on Friday morning for an educational yet exciting diary bonanza. Book in advance by contacting Lara at 021 975 4440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agriculture at its best
On the eve of the World Dairy Summit to be held in Cape Town for the first time, the Cape Dairy Experience is officially the largest South African event dedicated solely to dairy by the industry for the industry with some 300 goats taking part in the SA Milk Goat National Championships. An additional 200 cows (Ayrshire, Holstein and Jerseys) will be converging at Sandringham from as far as KwaZulu-Natal, the Southern Cape and the Free State to take part in the various breed and inter breed championships, culminating in the announcement of this year’s Absa Dairy Queen.
Highlights such as demonstrations of bale handling and straw milling on Friday and the announcement of the Master Dairyman of the Year complete the experience.
* Tickets will be available at the gates at R50 for adults, while children 18 years and younger enter free of charge. Opening times are Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 9am to 9pm.